Mike Hall 2016

Jazz Saxophone Improvisation Workshop

(Barton On Sea, Hampshire)

  • April 23rd & 24th – SOLD OUT (Durlston Court School)
  • June 4th & 5th – SOLD OUT (Durlston Court School)


On 23rd and 24th of April and 4th and 5th of June 2016 we welcome Mike Hall, head of Jazz Studies and saxophone tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), for a two day saxophone improvisation workshop on all things jazz. Mike’s world class knowledge on jazz and education comes together to create an experience that will push your playing no matter your experience level. If you have ever thought about improvisation, or want to push your skills further, then this workshop is for you.

Strictly limited in spaces so Mike has the time he needs to provide quality tutoring and advice for everyone as individuals.

Mike Hall is a jazz saxophonist and educator based in Manchester, UK. He began his musical career with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra which led to work with the late composer/pianist Michael Garrick with whom he toured Malaysia and made several CD recordings and Radio 3 broadcasts.


Jazz Saxophone Improvisation WorkshopMike plays with the Echoes of Ellington Orchestra (including a recent week at Ronnie Scott’s Club), with Andy Scott’s Sax Assault and with his own jazz quartet. He regularly freelances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Halle Orchestras with guest conductors such as John Wilson. Other personal projects include his double quartet (string quartet plus jazz quartet) Quadratus.

Mike has been teaching jazz for 25 years. He has taught at the Royal Northern College of Music since 1994 where he currently heads Jazz Studies and is tutor in jazz saxophone, teaches jazz improvisation, theory, history and directs the RNCM Big Band and Jazz Collective. Recent projects with the RNCM big band have involved guests such as Bob Mintzer, Chris Potter, John Taylor and Gwilym Simcock.

We are delighted to welcome Mike for what will be a very rewarding experience for those who attend.

The price for this two day workshop is only £130, including a hot lunch and refreshments.

No necessary experience needed for this workshop, just a willingness to get up have a go is the skill set required. However Mike has mentioned that knowing your major scales in up to 4 flats and sharps an advantage, and offers to send out PDFs of notated parts to students in advance so those without reading skills can come prepared.

The venue is Durlston Court School which has fantastic facilities and space. Location information can be found here; Durlston Court School

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